More Than A Number blog

{March 27, 2009}   New Dora…does it bother you?

Okay, there’s a lot of outrage over the tween Dora. I don’t get at all what people are mad about. There is even a petition. Tween Dora (above) looks tastefully and modestly dressed to me. Yes, she has a “miniskirt”, but her legs aren’t even showing! I’m also not sure why it bothers people she enjoys shopping. Uhm, not to stereotype, but don’t most tween girls? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying to shop. In fact if Nickelodeon was smart, they could turn Dora’s new pastime into a way to encourage math and money management skills. Maybe people are just mad because Dora acting grown up reminds them their little girls are growing up too.


{March 27, 2009}   Drool

Okay…I went to Gamestop to get a new game for my Nintendo DS and the guy started talking about the Nintendo DS i. I have already decided to spend every extra penny I have and trade in my DS to get this. I *must* have it! My family (4 kids+me+parents) is riding in a car from lovely Virginia Beach, VA to New York! Not to mention random downtime. So a Nintendo DS i would be a sound investment!

The Nintendo DS i has a larger screen, plays music & movies, has a web browser, a camera with 11 lenses, and you can download exclusive games to it! I cannot wait to get my hands on one….They’re $169 but I only have to pay $100 if I trade in my DS. So, this baby is coming out on April 5, 2009.

{March 26, 2009}   The Blobfish

Have you seen this guy?

I saw this picture and was wondering “What the heck is that thing?!”

Well, it’s called a blobfish or a member of the Psychrolutes species. It lives far, far down in the ocean waters and has adapted to this. It catches prey by sitting and waiting for yummies to come by.

{March 24, 2009}   My gosh!

Talk about a depressing quiz:

Your EQ is 53

When it comes to understanding human emotions, you’d have better luck understanding Chinese.

You’re not exactly the most psychologically aware person. You don’t really know why people act the way they do.
It’s difficult enough for you to figure out what’s going on in your own head. Forget understanding anyone else.

You often feel bad about yourself and your life. But it’s hard for you to get yourself on the right path.
Consider getting help for your problems. It only feels like you have a dead end life.

What’s Your EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)?

I love tote bags, but don’t they just seem so blah sometimes? A store logo or a recycle symbol isn’t very exciting. I carry one with me almost everywhere so I was delighted to discover the tote bags made by Bored Inc!

Bored Inc. has Decorama™ vinyl wall art, tees, tote bags, jewelry and accessories on their website. They proudly proclaim they want to make your life a little bit cuter! Well, I fired off an offer of a product review here on this blog, and guess what? They agreed!

A few days my siblings come yelling at me that I have mail, and my heart leaps when I spy this:

I had to contain my excitement and take pictures before tearing into the package to get at the goodies. Inside was a cute company card, handwritten note on Hello Kitty apple paper, 2 tote bags, and pins.

I am in love with my Lil’ Dumpling tote bag, as you can see:

In the pictures, the tote bag is carrying 4 boxes of Hamburger Helper, my planner, wallet, Nintendo DS, Business card folder, and a GIANT box of Rice Krispies.

The pins are cute and feature… poo!

Well, I figured straight away the best people to ask for opinions on all things featuring poo is my 8-year-old twin brothers. When it dawned on them what the pins were of, they started hysterically laughing. They also commented that the tote bags were “cool” then ran off making a song about poo.

Am I forgetting something…….? Oh yea! The giveaway! (just teasing, I didn’t forget) You have the chance to win:

Don’t Pollute Tote

Stinky Poo Button Pack

Here are they giveaway rules:
*Please put your e-mail address in your comment like this “lovely[at]” so I can contact you if you win!*
1) To enter you need to go to Bored Inc. and come back & leave a comment of what your favorite item is that Bored Inc. makes.
2) For a second entry, grab my button and put it on your blog (please leave a link to your blog)

This giveaway ends on March 31st, 2009 at midnight.

{March 14, 2009}   Have you heard?

Free food

This Full House blog is having a Triple Play: Frozen Gourmet Food, Free Dinner & Snack Giveaway!

You get a chance of winning 2 free coupons for the entree of your choice from Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, 2 (two) $10.00 worth of complimentary coupons for Long John Silver’s Restaurants and 2 bags of Bear Naked Granola. Yummy!

And who would turn down a chance at free food? All you have to do is head over to This Full House and post a comment on her giveaway post. So get your butt over there, but don’t forget to get back here!

{March 9, 2009}   Today is National Napping Day
Random picture of a hamster napping

Random picture of a hamster napping

{March 9, 2009}   Dang it…

I love Church. Wonderful, nice people. I have friends, although they are several years older than me. So…I decided to try to make friends with those my own age.

We have a Sunday night service/social event for those around my age. (20s) I went to this and, well, failed. I didn’t even make it through the whole thing before I had to leave from being overwhelmed by the music and people. I went home and cried but my dad cheered me up. It’s just so dang frustrating, I’m 20 and not 5, I should know how to make friends with peers.

{March 9, 2009}   I am so green with envy!

I am so green with envy that the blogger at A Little Bliss got to review Bored Inc.! They got to review this cute, yet sturdy tote:

But wait…wait…you and I don’t have to turn green with envy! We can enter the giveaway at A Little Bliss for a choice of a wall decal AND apparel/bag! So go enter! Right NOW!

{March 8, 2009}   Why?

I’m reading Portia Iversen’s book “Strange Son” which is about her experiences with her Autistic son, another mother, and the other mother’s son. The question she persists in asking throughout the book is “Why?”.
Why do Autistics flap their hands and “stim”?
Why does my child have Autism?

I’m not on the same spot of the spectrum as her son Dov, or the other Autistic named Tito. However, I used to do a lot of strange hand motions, like I would walk around like an airplane with my arms out. When I was grade school aged, I loved to chew on the Barbie shoes. Not really “neurotypical” behavior. (those are just two examples) The why? I suppose it calmed me in a world with so much input. I have noticed cutting soda out of my diet has decreased the stimming behaviors.

The next “Why?”…why her son? I, of course, do not know why her son was chosen to be Autistic. I believe God has some reason for making me the way I am. Maybe He made me this way so I could try to help other people understand Autism. I can find peace in that I trust Him to be looking out for me. He doesn’t hate me, everything that has happened in my life has happened for a purpose; even if I don’t know those purposes.

Romans 5:3
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his alove.”

{March 7, 2009}   Not one, but TWO awards!

Wow, I’m excited, I have two awards, from Four Guys and a Gal and Texas Heartland

Thanks! This award is for blogs that show a positive attitude, I’m very happy about it. 🙂 Now according to the rules…
1) Put the logo on your blog or post.
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award.
So my ten picks:
1) Finding Yourself
2) Bella Casa
3)Chapter Two
4)Thrifty Jinxy
5)A Happy Hippy Mom
6)Money Making Housewife
7)Twincere Twinkles
8- A Daily Blessing
9)Learning Aspergian
10) Autism Insights


When you’re confronted with a problem, you know exactly how you want to handle it.
You are decisive and act quickly. Once you get the ball rolling, you don’t change course.

You can be a bit stubborn at times, but you have reason to be. You’re often right.
You are unwavering and brave. You do what needs to be done, even if it isn’t popular.

What Street Sign Are You?

{March 1, 2009}   Target

Target is an awesome store. It’s fun to dig through the endcaps and come out with a clearance treasure. I find everything from craft supplies for my latest project to video games to stash away from my siblings’ birthdays.

I especially love the bargain bins where you can get goodies for $1.00 to $2.50! I have an obsessive amount of headbands I grab up for $1 from them. I suck at getting my hair under control so a headband is a pretty and easy way to look nice.

Another thing I find there is scrapbooking supplies! I seriously cannot say how much Target has for the crafty gal. I recently found a cheerful monkey rug for $2.50. It’s not very big but it is so cute!

Another thing that’s nifty about Target is 5% of their income goes back into the community…over 3 MILLIONa week!
You can read all about what they do in the community here:

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